No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here at University Congregational United Church of Christ. Young, old, sure of your path, or still searching --- we invite you to join us in imagining love and justice - as Jesus did - and acting to change the world. We strive to walk in the path of Jesus, and to offer an authentic welcome to everyone who walks through our door. We invite visitors to wear a name-tag from the pew register folder so we may more easily greet you by name.
Our worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour and 15 minutes. More information here.Children are an important part of our community, and are welcome for all or part or the service. You will be met at the door with a warm handshake and welcome, and our friendly greeters can help direct you and answer your questions.Wear clothes that you are comfortable in and sit on the main floor or in the balcony - wherever you feel most at ease. We look forward to welcoming you.
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Parking can be a challenge in the University District! Persistence, patience and an early start are keys to success.UW has free parking on Sundays. Enter the main campus gate at NE 45th and 17th Ave NE and turn left past the toll booth. It's about a three-block walk to the church. The UW Meany Garage at 15th Ave. NE and NE 41st St. is a five-block walk.The church also owns three parking lots - Lot A is across the street from the church on 16th Ave. E. Lot B is beneath Sortun Court, just north of the church on the east side of 16th Ave. E. (It closes at 2 p.m.) Lot C (for those with difficulty walking, young children and visitors) is at the corner of 15th NE and NE 45th St., next to the church.If you need to be assured of a close parking spot, you can call the church office before noon on Friday to reserve one: 206-524-2322.
We offer a complimentary "inquirers Lunch" on the second Sunday of the month for people interested in learning more about us. It is an informal session over soup, salad and dessert where you can meet others who may be on a similar spiritual journey and learn how to plug into this church community from long-term members and clergy.We'll explore topics from history, to theology, to membership. To RSVP, or let us know about special needs (Including childcare or food sensitivities) email us here or call 206-979-7539.
We are an inter-generational church and strive to be family-friendly, with an active ministry for children and youth. All ages are welcome in worship. We also offer nursery and child-care, Younger children begin the service with us and usually leave after about 15 minutes. Older children have the option of leaving for a special sermon time. Junior high and high school youth meet at 9 am and then often sit together in worship. Give us a call at 206-524-2322 for more specifics.
Hearing Impaired: Our sanctuary has an induction loop system that uses the T-Coil mode of your hearing aids. You can get the necessary equipment just before entering the Sanctuary on the right or ask any usher.Visually Impaired: We offer each Sunday's program in large print for easier readability.Wheelchair Access: The front entry is wheelchair accessible as are the rest rooms. Please don't hesitate to ask for assistance.

imageOn the farm now it is cold and dark, but we are turning toward the light. The animals seem to sense the change. Just last week, on the shortest day of the year, I went to the chicken coop and found two eggs. The hens had not been laying for more than a month. Left on their own, they do not lay eggs in the dark season, when hatching them out would mean raising chicks at the leanest and most dangerous time of the year. But as if they were prophets anticipating the light, just before the world began tilting back toward the sun, the hens began laying again. It is just an egg or two a day right now, and they might take another break before they all start up their daily production in ernest, but my chickens have offered their judgement on life, and their verdict is “Yes.”

imageWe humans who follow the Gregorian calendar, named for a pope, and counting the years from the birth of a Jewish baby in occupied Palestine, have linked our New Year to this turning of the planet from dark to light. Last week we had our Christmas eve candlelight services, and our Christmas dinners, and now we are gathering our resolve, or perhaps rejecting the thought of resolutions all together, and preparing ourselves to face 2017.

The year about to end has been a troubling one. Not just for what has actually happened this year, although some of these “happenings” have been big, but also for the direction in which we find ourselves pointed here at the end. 2016, a leap year, gave us an extra day as nationalism, narrowness, and fear seemed to be on the rise in ways many of us have not experienced in our lifetimes. Likewise, the virtues of generosity, curiosity, and compassion seemed to be on the wane.

imageI suspect that in the days to come we will need prophets who are bold enough to anticipate the light, and to respond bravely based on that conviction. Here on the farm, in these cold, dark days, the hens are laying their eggs. The guardian dog keeps watch over the flock as ewes are carrying lambs that will be born in the spring. The daffodil bulbs are just beginning to stir themselves for their mid-winter blooming. Even in these cold, dark days, life continues to affirm itself. My prayer for us in 2017 is that we each find ways to act with courage and compassion to join in that affirmation.